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9780767917018

Physics Made Simple

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  • ISBN13:

    9780767917018

  • ISBN10:

    0767917014

  • Format: Trade Paper
  • Copyright: 2005-01-11
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press

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Understand the rules that make the universe run. Understanding the laws of physics is essential for all scientific studies, but many students are intimidated by their complexities. This completely revised and updated book makes it easy to understand the most important principles. From the physics of the everyday world to the theory of relativity, PHYSICS MADE SIMPLE covers it all. Each chapter is introduced by anecdotes that directly apply the concepts to contemporary life and ends with practice problemswith complete solutionsto reinforce the concepts. Humorous illustrations and stories complete the text, making it not only easy but fun to learn this important science. Topics covered include: *force *motion *energy *waves *electricity and magnetism *the atom *quantum physics *relativity *spectroscopy *particle physics Look for these Made Simple titles Accounting Made Simple Arithmetic Made Simple Astronomy Made Simple Biology Made Simple Bookkeeping Made Simple Business Letters Made Simple Chemistry Made Simple English Made Simple Earth Science Made Simple French Made Simple German Made Simple Ingles Hecho Facil Investing Made Simple Italian Made Simple Keyboarding Made Simple Latin Made Simple Learning English Made Simple Mathematics Made Simple The Perfect Business Plan Made Simple Philosophy Made Simple Psychology Made Simple Sign Language Made Simple Spelling Made Simple Statistics Made Simple Your Small Business Made Simple www.broadwaybooks.com

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<p><b>CHRISTOPHER G. DE PREE, PH.D., </b>is the coauthor of <i>The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Astronomy</i> and the <i>Concise Scientific Encyclopedia.</i> He teaches introductory and modern physics at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia.</p>

Table of Contents

Introduction 1(2)
Physics: A Fundamental Science
3(4)
Understanding Physics
3(1)
Physics in Relation to the Other Sciences
4(1)
Physics in Relation to Nonscientific Disciplines
5(1)
Physics and Human Curiosity
5(2)
Measurement and Estimation
7(11)
Units of Measure
7(1)
The mks System
8(3)
Length
9(1)
Mass
9(2)
Time
11(1)
Area, Volume, and Density
11(3)
Area
11(1)
Volume
12(1)
Density
13(1)
Scientific Notation
14(2)
Multiplication and Division
15(1)
Significant Figures
15(1)
Order of Magnitude Calculations
16(2)
Objects in Motion
18(10)
Position, Velocity, and Acceleration
18(7)
Position
18(2)
Speed and Velocity
20(2)
Acceleration
22(2)
Free Fall: A Particular Acceleration
24(1)
Motion in Two Dimensions
25(3)
Force and Motion
28(8)
What is Force?
28(4)
More Than One Force
29(1)
Forces in Equilibrium
30(2)
Newton's Laws of Motion
32(4)
Newton's First Law
32(1)
Newton's Second Law
33(1)
Newton's Third Law
34(2)
Work, Energy, and Collisions
36(6)
Work and Force
36(2)
Potential Energy
37(1)
Kinetic Energy
37(1)
Ebb and Flow and the Conservation of Energy
38(1)
Momentum and Collisions
39(3)
Circular Motion and Gravity
42(8)
Angular Motion
42(1)
Angular Velocity
43(1)
Angular Acceleration
44(1)
Torque
45(1)
Angular Momentum
45(1)
Conservation of Angular Momentum
46(1)
Forces in Circular Motion
46(1)
Universal Gravitation
47(3)
Solids and Liquids
50(9)
Atoms, Molecules, Elements, and Compounds
50(4)
The Structure of the Atom
51(1)
Molecules
51(1)
Types of Bonds
52(1)
Elements, Compounds, and the Periodic Table
52(2)
Solids
54(1)
Density
54(1)
Alloys
54(1)
Liquids
54(5)
Pressure
55(1)
Buoyancy
55(2)
Surface Tension
57(2)
Heat, Temperature, and States of Matter
59(12)
Temperature and Its Measurement
59(2)
Celsius, Fahrenheit, and Kelvin
60(1)
Heat and Specific Heat
61(1)
Phase Changes, or Changes of State
62(1)
The Behavior of Solids and Liquids
62(2)
Coefficient of Linear Expansion
63(1)
The Laws of Thermodynamics and Ideal Gases
64(2)
Thermodynamics
64(1)
Ideal Gases and Gas Laws
65(1)
Conduction, Convection, and Radiation
66(5)
Conduction
66(1)
Convection
67(1)
Thermal Radiation
68(3)
Waves and Sound
71(11)
The Anatomy of Waves
71(3)
Wavelength, Amplitude, and Wave Speed
72(1)
Transverse and Longitudinal Waves
73(1)
Interference, Reflection, and Refraction
74(1)
Standing Waves
75(1)
Sound Waves
76(3)
The Doppler Effect
78(1)
Shock Waves
79(1)
The Sound Intensity Scale
79(3)
Light and Optics
82(18)
What Is Light?
82(2)
The Speed of Light
83(1)
Light and Illumination
84(3)
Sources of Light
84(1)
The Intensity of Light
85(2)
Rays of Light
87(1)
Reflection and Refraction
88(4)
Reflection
88(1)
Types of Reflection
88(1)
Refraction
89(2)
Index of Refraction
91(1)
Mirrors and Lenses
92(4)
Mirrors
92(1)
Lenses
93(2)
Forming an Image
95(1)
Optical Instruments
96(4)
Cameras and the Human Eye
96(2)
Microscopes and Telescopes
98(2)
Color and the Wave Nature of Light
100(9)
The Spectrum
100(4)
Colors and Pigments
101(1)
Pigments
102(1)
Different Types of Spectra
102(2)
Doppler Effect for Light
104(1)
The Electromagnetic Spectrum
105(1)
Interference and Color
105(2)
Diffraction
107(2)
Electric Charge and Potential
109(8)
Static Electricity and Electric Current
109(1)
Atoms and Electric Charge
110(1)
Coulomb's Law
111(1)
Conductors and Insulators
112(1)
Charging by Friction, Contact, and Induction
112(2)
The Electric Field
114(1)
Electric Potential Energy and Potential Difference
115(2)
Electric Current and Simple Circuits
117(8)
Electromotive Force and Electric Current
117(1)
Resistance and Ohm's Law
118(1)
Electric Power
119(4)
Series Circuits
120(1)
Parallel Circuits
120(3)
Fuses and Circuit Breakers
123(1)
Capacitance
123(2)
Magnetism and Induction
125(12)
Magnets and How They Work
125(2)
Magnetic Field
127(1)
Earth's Magnetic Field
127(1)
Electricity and Magnetism
128(1)
Electromagnets
129(2)
Forces Operating on an Electric Current
130(1)
Measuring Current and Voltage
131(1)
Electric Motors
131(3)
Electromagnetic Induction
132(1)
Electric Generators
133(1)
Transformers
134(3)
The Atom and Quantum Mechanics
137(8)
The Quantum and the Nature of Light
137(2)
The Structure of the Atom
139(3)
The Bohr Model of the Atom
140(1)
Quantized Energy Levels
141(1)
Particles as Waves
142(1)
Schrodinger and Quantum Mechanics
142(3)
Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
143(2)
Relativity
145(8)
Special Relativity
146(3)
Time Dilation
147(1)
The Twin Paradox
148(1)
Length Contraction
148(1)
Relativistic Motion and Energy
149(1)
The Most Famous Equation
150(1)
General Relativity: A New Theory of Gravity
150(3)
Nuclear Physics, Particles, and the Cosmos
153(9)
The Atomic Nucleus
153(2)
Isotopes
154(1)
Forces, Fission, and Fusion
155(2)
Strong Nuclear Force
155(1)
Weak Nuclear Force
156(1)
Nuclear Fusion in the Sun
156(1)
Elementary Particles and Forces: A Summary
157(1)
The Big Bang
158(4)
Appendix A. Formulas and Relations 162(3)
Appendix B. Motion in Two Dimensions 165(2)
Appendix C. Solutions to Problems 167(6)
Glossary 173(6)
Index 179

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